St Christopher

Young Musicians
Event 4
Saturday October 8th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Chamber music from young performers
Richard Drakeford
String trio no 2
Joseph Haydn
Piano trio in G major Hob. XV:25, ‘Gypsy Rondo’
Michael Hope
Under the Eucalyptus Trees
Edward Elgar
Salut d’amour
Gabriel Fauré

This is an archived event from the 2011 programme.

Purcell School: Janell Yeo violin Josh Hagley piano Kristina Craven cello Joe Griffin viola Michael Hope composer/presenter

This concert is part of a memorial tribute to our late founder-member, composer Richard Drakeford (see News page and Event 6).  One of Richard’s greatest gifts to the Festival was his commitment to young performers, so we’ve invited a group of highly talented students from the Purcell School to play in his memory.  Richard’s own second string trio features in the programme, a short piece influenced by his teacher Edmund Rubbra. 

Richard was fond of Haydn, two of whose trios (neglected masterpieces) will be played – the ‘Gypsy Rondo’ with its spirited Hungarian Gypsy finale) and the A major with its lovely andante.  These attractive pieces are clear, elegant, witty and bubbling with life, the essence of Enlightenment classicism. 

A short piano piece written by one of the group, Michael Hope, was inspired by eucalyptus trees at Wisley and French impressionist composers like Debussy and Ravel.  Two of the world’s best-known and best-loved tunes complete the programme:

  • Elgar’s Salut d’amour (violin and piano, 1888), written as an engagement present for his future wife, simple and affecting.
  • Fauré’s Elégie (cello and piano, 1883), a beautiful broad theme.

The Purcell School is one of the country’s leading specialist music schools, providing young musicians of exceptional promise and talent with the best possible teaching, in an environment where they can flourish and develop their potential. It was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal for its unique contribution to music, education and international culture.

After the Festival this team of musicians travels to Australia, to:

  • run outreach programmes in schools and hospitals
  • perform in exciting Commonwealth cultural events, and
  • share skills with other young musicians.

The team is raising money to create opportunities for Abavuki, a group of young South African street musicians who have used musical skills to help reduce crime and poverty in their community.

For more information on The Purcell School, click here to access the school's website, or here to access more information.


Supported by the Festival’s Memorial Fund and the Trustees of Richard Drakeford